This year’s Japanese Week celebrations will be climaxed with the Ambassador’s Karate and Judo Championships at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday and Sunday with several athletes, especially children expected to participate.
The two-day event, which is being held in collaboration with the Ghana Judo Association and Karate Association, is aimed at honouring the Japanese Ambassador Kaoru Yoshimura, for promoting the sport in the country.
Launching the week-long celebrations in Accra, the Ambassador called on Ghanaians to come on board to celebrate the event and also promote the sports.
He added that it would also serve as an opportunity for Ghanaians to have a feel of the Japanese community and also unite the two countries to foster development.
“Japan Week has been organised every year by the Embassy of Japan to celebrate and share Japanese culture with Ghanaians and people living in Ghana,” he stated.
He added that this year’s event which is under the theme,”Have a feel of Japan”, will be very special and differ from previous years as the previous events were also celebrated on weekends. However, this year is already underway and would end on weekends with sports.
The other events, he outlined, include a film festival which would have six Japanese movies at the Silverbird cinemas and Accra Mall, a Japanese speech contest and the Yosakoi Festival.
The Ambassador expressed gratitude to partners for coming on board to support the event, while asking stakeholders from the sports, entertainment and culture industries to patronise the event.
By Michael D. Abayateye